PUNE - Steve Smith smashed 101 off 54 deliveries to steer Rising Pune Supergiants to an imposing 195/3 in 20 overs against Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Friday. En route to his maiden IPL ton, the 26-year-old Australian struck eight boundaries and five sixes. He was well supported by Ajinkya Rahane (53 off 45) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. Put into bat, Pune got off to a...
MOHALI - Mumbai Indians defeated Kings XI Punjab by 25 runs to bag their third victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here on Monday. Mumbai rode on strong batting performances by Parthiv Patel (81) and Ambati Rayudu (65) to post 189/6 in 20 overs. The duo added 136 runs between them for the second wicket to lay the foundation for a big total. In reply, Punjab were lifted by an...
DOHA - Indian star Pankaj Advani stormed into the semifinals of the Asian Snooker Championship here on Thursday. Controlling the table, he defeated Syria's Karam Fatima 5-0 in the quarterfinal, who he met after winning against fellow Indian Ishpreet Singh Chadha 4-3 in the round of 16. Earlier in the day, Pankaj had won his pre-quarterfinal against Ishpreet 4-3 (25-57, 116-16, 57-41, 79-64, 50-67, 42-85, 66-43)
BENGALURU - Formidable Royal Challengers Bangalore will aim to get their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign off to a winning start when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Tuesday. The team from Karnataka has never won the title in the past eight editions, but led by India's Test skipper and hard-hitting batsman Virat Kohli they will aim to get the unfinished job done this time around.
MUMBAI - The ninth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) got off to a colourful start with a star-studded and glittering opening ceremony at the National Sports Club Of India (NSCI) here on Friday. With a strong number of cricketers from across the globe, stars from the entertainment sector and other dignitaries filling the stands, the 120-minute plus programme saw the country's Twenty20 tournament take off in style.
NEW DELHI - Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was on Friday roped in as the brand ambassador of the 'Skill India' campaign by the ministry for skill development and entrepreneurship (MSDE). The master blaster said the campaign was an opportunity for the nation to make full use of its young population. Commenting on Tendulkar's association with the campaign, MSDE minister of state Rajiv Pratap Rudy said:
LAHORE - Pakistan's head coach Waqar Younis resigned on Monday weeks after his team's humiliating exit from the World Twenty20 in the group stages. Pakistan lost three consecutive matches at the group stage of the World T20, including a bruising defeat to India, to exit the tournament amidst heavy criticism. Pakistan's T20 captain Shahid Afridi has also stepped down from his post accepting responsibility for the poor show.